Most of the World Loves Socialism

As the World Turns

As the World Turns

In the same week that we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down ( I saw Pink Floyd’s The Wall there in 1992) a new BBC poll finds that only 11 percent of people questioned around the world – and 29,000 people were asked their opinions – think that free-market capitalism is a good thing. The rest believe in more government regulation. Only a small percentage of the world’s population believes that capitalism works well and that more regulation will reduce efficiency. They love socialism dear Amelia Island capitalists.

One quarter of those asked said that capitalism is “fatally flawed.” In France, 43% believe this. In Mexico, it is 38%. A majority believes that government should rob the rich to give money to poor countries. In only one country, Turkey, did a majority say that less government is better.

It gets even worse.

While most Europeans and Americans think it was a good thing for the Soviet Union to disintegrate, people in India, Indonesia, Ukraine, Pakistan, Russia, and Egypt mostly think it was a bad thing. Yes, that’s right: millions freed from socialist rule think it’s a bad thing.
That news must lift the heart of every would-be despot the world over. And it comes as something of a shock twenty years after the collapse of communism in Russia and Eastern Europe revealed what this system had created: backward societies with citizens who lived short and miserable lives.

Then there is the China case, a country rescued from barbarism under communism and transformed into a modern and prosperous country by capitalism.

What can we learn?

Far from not having learned anything, people have largely forgotten the experience and have developed a love for the ancient fairy tale that all things can be fixed through collectivism and central planning.
As to those who would despair at this poll, consider that it might have been much worse were it not for the efforts of a relative handful of intellectuals who have fought against socialist theory for more than a century. It might have been 99% in support of socialist tyranny. So there is no sense in saying that these intellectual efforts are wasted.
Ideas also have a life of their own. They can lie in wait for decades or centuries and then one day, the whole of history turns on a dime.

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  1. tommylee

    Hu peard, Let's not put socialism and communism on the same heap. The picture used in the article is worthwhile studying as it is indicative for both communism and capitalism and not at all, as portrayed, in socialism.

    Both capitalism and communism are founded on the same principle… money and power for the happy few yet socialism is not based on either of one. Being social is based on equality.

    Let's face it, Pfizer was just sentenced to the largest ever fine of 1.5 billion dollars for releasing unapproved drugs to the public. Greed and deception were the motive. Releasing drugs that claim to treat diseases which in actuality were not true. No questionable, but simply misleading. Now what happened with the multi-billionaire corporation playing god… a slap on the hand with a mere pittance of a fine dwarfed by the profits already made with these unapproved drugs.

    If you and I as the little man would be doing this we would be ending up in jail and society would throw away the key. Not so in the Pfizer case. I didn't see the CEO, the board of directors nor all those that knew end up in jail? Just a tiny fine.

    Tell me if you see capitalism as such a good thing if corporations are allowed to pollute, pump the people full of chemical drugs with highly questionable traits and side effects, allow corporations to use highly toxic additives, dump toxic waste in the oceans, ect. only to find that a very happy few are getting monstrously rich over the backs of your health, your environment and are the cause of your out of control healthcare bills? Heating or cooling bills? A collapsing sanitary, water and waste system that has not been upgraded for over a century so that your potable water has to be chlorinated, fluorized, ultraviolet ray treated? all in 3 cheers of greed for the happy few?

    Have a second thought about it. People don't just organize on Facebook, my space, twitter, linkedin, and all other social networks just to chat. They are actually shaping the social policing and in a way the same people, we, are shaping social behavior because we don't trust the happy few anymore. We don't trust marketing slogans, we don't believe our governments anymore. Socialism doesn't call for more government interference. Socialism is returning to its natural meaning. The power back to the people. Thank God this is happening and it is unstoppable. Socialism is not a form of government and it should never have been but the word was “raped” of its original meaning by those same happy few. I think they call them politicians…

    Long live the social network so that our founding fathers can rest in peace seeing the mess we made and the opening line of the Constitution “We the People” gets its intended meaning back. The entire content of the “Constitution” was founded on socialism. You may want to read up on it.

    You still claim “Long live Capitalism?” or “Communism?”

  2. Gustav Altman

    Very well put Mr. Tommylee. We have been fooled for more than 2 centuries with this experiment called Democracy. We have been deceived into thinking we had something called “Freedom” to protect. It is turning out to be a hoax of monumental proportion. I have lived in socialist societies. Most of the times it's not an in-your-face experience and there is a form of comforting security in living the expression “Everything Equal”. Being let loose in a world where “Survival of the Fittest” becomes an all encompassing “all or or nothing” like in Capitalism, many people have not enough confidence in themselves to make the cut. So the results of this survey do not come as a surprise to me. People want a guiding light and they will follow.

  3. Gustav Altman

    Oh by the way, thanks for that opening expression :hu peard (hold your horses). Haven't heard that in ages.

  4. Stringdude

    I have to question the conclusion of this BBC poll based on pure experience of almost 6 decades traveling around the world. My experience is that on average the world is roughly divided in the middle. That's how over time we create balance between the extremes. I question the sampling of this poll, which is the only reason the numbers can be this far off the middle.

  5. tommylee

    You're welcome. It was the first thing that popped in my mind reading the story.

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